10-27-16 Meeting Minutes


DATE: October 27, 2015
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting


Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

  1. Call to Order from Chair Rene Hamlin

  2. Presentation on The Landing from SyWest
    Chuck Shaw, a representative from SyWest, the owners of the Bradshaw 6 Drive In, reviewed the status of the proposed project The Landing.  He stated that the entitlement process for the project was completed in 2008.  There was then litigation from a property owner on the north side of Oates Dr.  After about 5 years of litigation, the property owner sold the property to SyWest.  Mr. Shaw stated that they have applied for a 5 year extension on entitlements and requirements for the project.  He stated that when the project was approved in 2008, SyWest has completely leased the project.  However, the recession resulted in many businesses closing or downsizing.  Consequently they will have to start over on getting tenants for the project, and there will likely changes to the overall plan.  They anticipate this will take about 5 years.

    There were a number of questions posed by people at the meeting, mainly concerning traffic.  It was pointed out that when the Drive In is operating, getting in and out of our community can be a problem.  Mr. Shaw stated the traffic pattern for retail centers is different from the Drive In, which should help alleviate the problems.  They have committed to $1 million in traffic signal work, as well as expanding the on ramp from Bradshaw Rd. to Highway 50 westbound.  Also, Oates Dr., which used to be private, is now owned by the County, and it will expanded by two lanes.  Mr. Shaw conceded that the traffic situation would never be perfect.  As a condition of the project, the traffic improvements will have to be completed before the project can open.

    The question was posed whether SyWest would build the theater as a stand alone project.  Mr. Shaw stated that it would be a problem, and the theater might not survive without the associated businesses.  Potentially, if two or three large businesses were to open, it could work.  However, they would likely have to change the design.

    A question was posed as to whether SyWest had thought about housing.  Mr. Shaw stated that there is a problem with the “blast zone” from the oil tank farm at Bradshaw Rd. and Folsom Blvd.  So, there is no housing in the project.

    The hearing at the Planning Commission about the requested 5 year extension of entitlements will be on Monday, November 9, at 5:30 p.m.

  1. Minutes
    1. August 2015
      Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes from August 25, 2015.  Andrea White seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 7 in favor and one abstention.
    2. September 2015
      Carmen Mitchell made a motion to adopt the draft minutes from September 22, 2015.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 7 in favor and one abstention.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Andrea White reported that the balance in the BRECA account is $4,415.52.
  1. Old Business
    1. Newsletter
      Jim Morgan stated that they need to get going on the Newsletter.  A tentative date for receipt of articles by November 8 was agreed on.
    2. By-Laws Discussion
      Jim Morgan asked if there were any more proposed changes to the elections paragraph of the By-Laws.  Kelly Cohen and Bonnie Domeny indicated that they have proposals.  Jim suggested that if we could wrap up the changes to the elections paragraph by November, we could have a membership vote on the changes early next year.  Several people stated that they want to review all of the By-Laws and send one package out for a membership vote.  It was decided to hold off on additional specific changes to the elections paragraph until the next meeting.  Kelly and Bonnie are to circulate their proposed changes prior to the meeting.
    3. From the Floor
      Bonnie Domeny stated that the BRECA web site was “under attack.”  People are trying to gain access to the web site.

      Paul Bowers stated that he attended the last CORPAC (Cordova area Planning and Advisory Council) meeting.  There were only three CORPAC members present, and they were meeting as a special committee to consider the SyWest request for a 5 year extension of entitlements.  At the meeting Paul stated that if they want to see the theater get built, they should endorse a 3 year extension, which is the standard length of time.  However, the CORPAC committee voted to support the SyWest request for a 5 year extension.

  1. New Business
    1. December BRECA Meeting
      Rene Hamlin reminded people that the December BRECA meeting is on the 15th.  It will be part business meeting and part party.  Andrea White suggested that we could send invitations to local elected officials, including the Park Board.  Bonnie suggested an e-mail flyer.  Andrea White, Kelly Cohen, Gay Jones and Lori Christensen volunteered to be on the party organizing committee.  Rene Hamlin suggested increasing the party budget to $115 using leftover picnic money.  Kelly Cohen made a motion to use leftover picnic money on the December party, with the total not to exceed $115.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. Approval of Expenditure for Filing Fee with Secretary of State
      Jim Morgan stated that there had been an expenditure of $20 for the filing fee with the Secretary of State.  This was not in the yearly budget because it only occurs every other year, and was inadvertently left off of the budget.  Jim made a motion to appropriate $20 for the filing fee for the Secretary of State.  Andrea White seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. From the Floor
      Gay Jones stated that Sacramento County Planning has people changing positions and retiring.  In particular, Tricia Stevens is retiring.  Gay suggested that it might be good to have Planning people come and tell us about what is going on.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting and will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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